The Accelerated Degree BA/MBA Program enables Mills undergraduates to earn an MBA degree in just one year of study at Mills beyond your undergraduate degree. Mills’ combined bachelor’s and master’s program offers a timesaving, cost-effective way to increase your career options after graduation. The MBA requires 10 courses (30 semester course credits) beyond the Bachelor’s degree for students who have completed all of the Foundation courses as part of their undergraduate studies. Students who have not completed all Foundation courses as part of their undergraduate degree can enroll in the Accelerated Degree Program by completing additional coursework either before starting the MBA or as part of the MBA.
Mills students applying to an accelerated degree program do not need to pay an application fee for their graduate application, and may use unofficial transcripts and transfer of credit reports printed from the portal in lieu of an official Mills transcript. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions you have about the BA/MBA program.
Because MBA graduates are expected to have professional work experience, an internship is strongly recommended for students with limited business-related work experience. The MBA and MPP Career Services Office provides guidance to students seeking internships after they have been accepted to the MBA program and committed to enrolling by making an initial deposit.
Foundation Curriculum (completed as an undergraduate)
The MBA requires Foundation courses which provide grounding in fundamental concepts that all MBA graduates are expected to master. Students develop a strong foundation for effective problem-framing, problem-solving, and decision-making through rigorous coursework in economics, accounting, quantitative methods, and finance. Mills students can fulfill the foundation course requirements by completing the following courses with grades of “C” or better as part of their bachelor’s degree:
ECON 050 Principles of Economics
ECON 073 Financial Accounting
ECON 081 Statistics
ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 115 Managerial Accounting
ECON 116 Corporate Finance
ECON 136 Managerial Economics
ECON 164 Econometrics and Business Forecasting
Students who would like to complete the accelerated degree program with one year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree should discuss their plans with their major advisor no later than the beginning of their sophomore or (for economics majors) junior year. Undergraduates are not eligible to take graduate courses in the MBA Program for credit towards their Mills BA degree.
Students who have completed some but not all of undergraduate foundation requirements can enroll in the MBA Program as Bachelor’s-to-Master’s students and can fulfill the unmet foundation requirements either outside of Mills prior to starting the MBA portion of the program or by taking additional course(s) as part of the MBA Program.
(a minimum of 18 semester course credits)
The MBA core curriculum teaches students how to deliver enterprise-wide value. Students learn about functional areas of management through courses in marketing, operations, organizational behavior, and management information systems. In addition, students take two courses designed to hone their leadership skills and perspectives—Leadership and Ethics and our capstone integrative course in strategic management. Accelerated degree program students who have completed all of the foundation courses take the following core courses:
MGMT 226 Management Information Systems (3)
MGMT 230 Marketing Management (3)
MGMT 232 Operations Management (3)
MGMT 234 Management and Organizational Development (3)
MGMT 244 Leadership and Ethics (3)
MGMT 290 Strategic Management (3)—capstone course taken during the student’s last year of study
Students who have not completed ECON 136 Managerial Economics prior to starting the MBA are also required to take MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis (3).
(a minimum of 12 semester course credits)
Accelerated degree program students take at least four courses (a minimum of 12 semester course credits) of electives. The electives provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their general business knowledge or focus on a particular area by completing a concentration in: accounting,
social impact and innovation, or socially responsible business. See the complete list of elective courses. Some courses outside of MGMT can also be taken as electives toward the MBA; students interested in this option should seek prior approval from the Dean’s office before enrolling.
Students who have taken concentration electives as part of their Bachelor’s degree can count those courses toward a concentration although they do not count toward the 12 course credits of elective courses required for the MBA.
Flexible Options for Students Without All Foundation Courses
Students who have completed some but not all of undergraduate foundation requirements as part of their bachelor’s degree can enroll in the MBA Program as accelerated degree program students and can fulfill the unmet foundation requirements in one of two ways:
- Take the course outside of Mills prior to starting the MBA portion of the program. To count toward the MBA, courses taken outside of Mills must cover comparable material and be at least 3 semester units, and must have been completed at an accredited, four-year college or university with a grade of B or better within five (5) years prior to enrollment in the MBA Program. (Financial and Managerial Accounting may be taken at an accredited junior/community college or continuing education program in which the courses have been certified for credit eligibility towards the CA Certified Public Accountancy exam). Courses must be approved by the Dean’s office prior to starting the MBA. After students have started the MBA Program all courses must be taken at Mills.
- Add the course to the MBA Program requirements. Students would thus take more than 10 courses (more than 30 semester course credits) toward the MBA and would take the MBA equivalent version of the course as part of their MBA studies. Depending on the circumstances this could extend the amount of time that it takes to complete the MBA.